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A Thai Red Shirt anti-government protester sleeps on the ground next to his sling-shot inside the Red Shirts’ fortified camp in the financial central district of Silom in downtown Bangkok on May 1, 2010. Thailand’s finance minister warned on April 30, that if mass street protests in the capital last until the end of the year they may reduce 2010 economic growth by two percentage points. AFP


US man jailed in N. Korea phones home

BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 30, 2010 AFP - An American jailed in North Korea was allowed Friday to call home for the first time since being sentenced to eight years’ hard labor, as the United States urged his release.Thaleia Schlesinger, a spokeswoman for Aijalon Mahli Gomes’ family in his hometown of Boston, told AFP that Gomes spoke with his mother.“Yes, she did receive a phone call from her son in North Korea. She was really quite surprised and relieved,” Schlesinger said.

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Thai protesters criticise hospital evacuation

BANGKOK, May 1, 2010 AFP - Leaders of Thailand’s “Red Shirt” protests slammed management at a Bangkok hospital Saturday, saying its chaotic evacuation of patients was a ploy to make the anti-government group look bad.

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Bangladeshi garment workers protest over wages

DHAKA, April 30, 2010 AFP - More than 10,000 Bangladeshi garment workers attacked factories with stones and blocked streets Friday in the capital Dhaka to demand higher minimum wages, police said.

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